Course Description

Helps participants improve their reading comprehension and vocabulary. Improves participants' reading proficiency to a level which would allow participants to function adequately in English language discussion group or to native English speakers' audiences, international conferences, and seminars.  Lecture 10 hours per week.

General Course Purpose

Reading Improvement II is a high intermediate English level course designed to improve the reading ability of participants and build such skills as vocabulary development, comprehension and basic study skills. Modern techniques, equipment and materials are employed. Emphasis in the course is on reading and responding to readings in written form.

Course Objectives

Goal 1 -

Participants will acquire the reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills necessary to succeed in the reading-related requirements of advanced English reading courses, reading English material in general or special meeting with international audiences and some other graduate college courses.

Goal 2 -

Participants will integrate their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills to promote thinking and learning. 

Goal 3 -

Participants will be active, independent learners able to apply integrated strategies appropriate to the readingrelated task. 

Goal 4 -

Participants will increase their self-confidence in their ability to be effective readers. 

Goal 5 -

Participants will understand the role of reading in their academic, professional, and personal lives.

 Major Topics to be Included: 

A. Comprehension Skills

1. Identifying main ieas

2. Locating supporting details

3. Recognizing organizational patterns

4. Distinguishing fact and opinion

5. Drawing conclusions and making inferences

6. Writing summaries

7. Analyzing literature

8. Responding effectively to reading

B. Vocabulary Development

1. Using the dictionary

2. Applying structural analysis

3. Using contextual clues

4. Expanding vocabulary through extensive reading

C. Study Skills:

1. Developing note-taking skills

2. Informal outlining

3. Paraphrasing

4. Developing test-taking strategies

5. Library use

6. Computer use

7. Research skills

8. Study groups  

D. Understanding the Reading Process

1. Recognizing and improving reading and learning habits

2. Recognizing the need for flexible reading and processing rates

3. Responding in journal writing  

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